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Marguerite Duras Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Mar 2021
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You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.
When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.
The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it - can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.
The best way to fill time is to waste it.
No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
Men like women who write. Even though they don't say so. A writer is a foreign country.
Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable.
It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.
It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that.
I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.
Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.
To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead --somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man --somewhere these, too, come together.
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Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, before everything else, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while.
Frigidity is desire imagined by a woman who doesn't desire the man offering himself to her. It's the desire of a woman for a man who hasn't yet come to her, whom she doesn't yet know. She's faithful to this stranger even before she belongs to him. Frigidity is the non-desire for whatever is not him.
It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him
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